The sun was rising as I pulled into the carpark. First people I see are Sam Jones and Ben Serrano who've travelled as far as I have but from the opposite direction, and Cabo who'd taken a leisurely drive from downtown Cronulla. Out front it's pumping.
“A contest as big as the Australian Open can make or break for your career,” said 18-year-old Jordy Lawler. “Having a comp this big at Manly is an amazing thing for surfing…but there’s nothing like the pressure of surfing for your club.”
Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater has won the Volcom Pipe Pro in epic, triple-overhead barrels with a series of stunning performances that made the win seem inevitable from his first ride.
Old Baldy continued the roll through the semis and into the final. Of course he won the thing. Laid down a 9.53 in the first ten seconds of the final. It was that sorta day.
Turn your fins into an electromagnetic field. A Western Australian company is currently developing a product that promises to ward off sharks and protect surfers. Will it work? Will surfers buy it?